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Shannon May Brown

The Bay Area is full of unique engagement photo locations providing gorgeous landscapes from beaches to mountains to deserts. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to finding unique Bay Area engagement photo locations, and I’m excited to share them with you!

UNIQUE BAY AREA ENGAGEMENT PHOTO LOCATIONS

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This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting my business! I’m excited to introduce you to one of my favorite wedding brands…Basic Invite! I’ve been lucky enough to be a Basic Invite partner for almost two years now. I love to share their brand with my clients, and it’s the first place […]

Cheap Wedding Invitations | A Review of Basic Invite | Sponsored Post on Shannon May Brown

When I first started my photography business, I had ZERO clue what I was doing. However, I found so much great information online about what types of software, apps, and tools professional wedding photographers use. It’s crazy and exciting now, years later, that I’m sharing with you my favorite tools that I have used to […]

Essential Photography Business Tools | Shannon May Brown

Calling all chocolate lovers—this wedding editorial is for YOU! I was lucky enough to be asked by Amy from Hitch Perfect to photograph this gorgeous shoot she put together at the Westin St. Francis San Francisco (one of my favorite venues!). Every piece, from the venue to the Ruby Chocolate cake by Love Natty Cakes […]

Bride at Westin St. Francis San Francisco | Photographed by Shannon May Brown

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Susanna and Chris’s sunny, al fresco wedding took place in downtown Oakland at Preservation Park, a beautiful in the heart of the city that has colorful Victorian houses and a big plaza perfect for a summer wedding! Their wedding details, from customized drink coasters to mandarin oranges at each chair, were so thoughtful and reflected […]

Lesbian couple getting married at SF Conservatory of Flowers
Beautiful and romantic UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens wedding | photography by Shannon May Brown

  Woo! You are engaged and you are starting the wedding planning process. However, you’re stumped because there are seemingly endless venues in the gorgeous city of San Francisco, and you aren’t quite sure where to actually start. The good news is I’ve put together a list of my favorite pro-photographer-approved San Francisco city wedding […]

The best San Francisco city wedding venues from a photographer's perspective!
Kirby Cove Engagement Session
Brasswood Napa Valley Wedding

In March 2016, when I offered to take some blog photos for Sara, I had no idea that one day I would be photographing her wedding in Europe in 2019…and in a castle no less! I can’t wait to share a full blog post soon of my favorite photos from Sara and Ken’s wedding day. […]

Netherlands Castle Wedding with Sara Laughed | Shannon May Brown
Fall Mini Sessions | 2019 | Shannon May Brown

This golden hour engagement session in Borges Ranch located outside San Francisco California was so glowy and beautiful!!! The weather was outstanding, and the light was the perfect mix of soft and warm. I had the best time photographing Sean and Erin there! These two are getting married in a few months on the East […]

Couple walking hand in hand on dirt road - Shannon May Brown

Amanda + derek

"Shannon was so fun to work with! She helped capture our engagement event and was even accommodating when we had to change days due to bad weather. She had some sneak peek pictures to us by that night and pictures within days! On top of professionalism, she was such a sweetheart and pleasure to work with, thanks again Shannon!"

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Madde + Aidan

"Taking photos with Shannon was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a photographer. She made [us] feel so relaxed and comfortable. We not only ended up with great pictures, but we also had a great experience. Thank you!"

"Made us feel relaxed and comfortable"

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Sara + Ken

"Shannon is a phenomenal photographer who captured the most beautiful moments from our wedding week. Her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity put everyone at ease. The photos are stunning -- when I look at them, I don't just see how the wedding looked, but I remember how it felt. She is magic behind the camera. I am so, so glad we chose her to be the person to capture our wedding day.

"she is magic behind the camera"

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Michaela

"Shannon is an incredible balance of personable and professional! I am continually impressed by her ability to bring out the best in her clients and make them comfortable and effortless on camera! "

"Brings out the best in her clients"

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Malena

"Shannon is fabulous! The whole process from setting a date to receiving the finished photos was straightforward and enjoyable thanks to her expertise and guidance. She couples her warm and cheerful disposition with talent, creativity, and technical knowledge. I had a truly lovely experience!"

"Truly lovely experience"

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